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Jazz Changes$
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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Some Kind of Advance Guard

Some Kind of Advance Guard

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(p.294) Some Kind of Advance Guard
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0055

The track “Sun Ra and His Arkestra—Sun Song” is perhaps a pretentious, or at least curious, billing for a jazz LP, particularly when one is reminded that it was initially recorded around ten years ago. Titles of tracks, such as “Call for All Demons”, “Transition”, “Future”, “New Horizons”, confirm this impression. But the style and context of the music are anything but advanced, even for ten years ago; they are indeed quite traditional and affirm that Sun Ra is somewhat mislabelled as a leader in the trend. The music is not only traditional, it is professional—and, that being said, frequently slick, not to say frequently superficial and rather dull.

Keywords:   Sun Ra, jazz LP, Call for All Demons, Transition, Future, New Horizons

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